Monday, November 30, 2015

THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION NOVENA - DAY 2

Peace be with you!
 
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O most pure Virgin Mary conceived without sin, from the very first instant, you were entirely immaculate. O glorious Mary full of grace, you are the mother of my God – the Queen of Angels and of men. I humbly venerate you as the chosen mother of my Savior, Jesus Christ.
The Prince of Peace and the Lord of Lords chose you for the singular grace and honor of being His beloved mother. By the power of His Cross, He preserved you from all sin. Therefore, by His power and love, I have hope and bold confidence in your prayers for my holiness and salvation.
I pray first of all that you would make me worthy to call you my mother and your Son, Jesus, my Lord.
I pray that your prayers will bring me to imitate your holiness and submission to Jesus and the Divine Will.
Hail Mary, full of Grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.
Now, Queen of Heaven, I beg you to beg my Savior to grant me these requests…
(Mention your intentions)
My holy Mother, I know that you were obedient to the will of God. In making this petition, I know that God’s will is more perfect than mine. So, grant that I may receive God’s grace with humility like you.
As my final request, I ask that you pray for me to increase in faith in our risen Lord; I ask that you pray for me to increase in hope in our risen Lord; I ask that you pray for me to increase in love for the risen Jesus!
Hail Mary, full of Grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.
Amen.
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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

THIS DAY'S . . .


This Day's Thought from The Ranch
Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.
W. T. Purkiser

This Day's Verse
When Christ who is your life appears; then you also will appear with him in glory.
Colossians 3:4
The English Standard Version

This Day's Smile
Where there’s too much, something is missing.

Yiddish proverb

Monday, November 23, 2015

IN PAIN AND AFFLICTION

Isaiah 53:4-9 


Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed. All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him.


He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He did not open His mouth; Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, So He did not open His mouth. By oppression and judgment He was taken away; And as for His generation, who considered That He was cut off out of the land of the living For the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke was due? His grave was assigned with wicked men, Yet He was with a rich man in His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was there any deceit in His mouth.


~*~

When I was 23 years old, I went on a skiing trip with my then-fiancé. To be clear, I was a novice at skiing, but my fiancé was very patient. We were on the "bunny slope", so what was there to fear? When we arrived at the top of the beginners slope, he told me, "just keep your knees flexible and go straight down and stop at the end." What he, nor I, didn't know was that there was a dip that stretched across this slope at the very end. I wasn't prepared for this, and as I skied down the slope, I saw it coming. When I hit the dip, my knees tensed and instead of gliding steadily through, my skis crossed the dip and went straight up into the air. I came down on my tail-bone.

The ride home was me in the back seat full of extreme pain in my lower back. For the next couple of months, I was given muscle relaxers and Xanax. I was off work the entire time. Finally, one night, my dad said to me "you're eyes don't look right and there are bags underneath them." Well, I was full of "the doctor says [this or that]", but I could see that my Dad was worried that I was not getting better and was getting hooked on the medication.

Ever since that fateful day, I have suffered from my lower back pain. I even tried treatment with a chiropractor, and soon as I would walk out of their office, I could feel that something had went array and I would turn on my heels and go back into the chiroprator's office. They could relieve my pain, but only temporarily.

No matter what I have tried over the years, I can safely say that I have suffered with my back pain for 38 years. In January, 2005, I had a double fusion in my lumbar. I could not heal and everyone thought that my continual whining that something wasn't right was just me "wanting attention." I don't fault them because my orthopedist had two MRIs done and he said "I just see a little arthritis" and thus the resulting opinion of my family.

My pain level increased, and I had a "block" which threw me into the most intense pain I have ever had in my life. It felt as though someone had a knife in my back and was torturing me. I couldn't get anyone to listen to me, and my orthopedist's PA was talking of me coming off the pain medications. I would cry and tell him that I desperately needed the pain pills.

During this time, I was faithfully praying to God and Jesus to heal me. I began a couple of months earlier, praying for relief and healing. By the end of April, I was screaming and shaking my fists at God and crying out "why won't you help me?!?"

I checked myself into the hospital the end of April 2005 and told them that I wasn't leaving until they found out what was wrong with me. They put me in a room and put up a morphine drip that kept me comfortable. The following morning, which was a Friday, and I mean the wee hours of the morning, I was taken for an MRI at the hospital. Later that afternoon, my orthopedist came in with another doctor whom he said was an infectious disease doctor. He told me that I had a "pocket" of fluid at the surgical site that was staph, and that I'd had a "change in bone marrow". I was alone without my husband or anyone so I was just scared out of my wits. The doctor said they would perform surgery on Monday to remove the hardware of my fusions because they had healed, and that they would bombard me with heavy antibiotics to cure the staph and bone marrow infection, which was a tremendous pain in my right hip and leg. As they left my room, I opened my mouth and said "Am I going to die?"  The infectious disease doctor said in a very commanding way "you are NOT going to die!" So much for bedside manner.

I won't go through all that happened other than to say that I was in the hospital for 12 days, but I came home with a PICC line, which I had to change my tubing and bag of antibiotics every 24 hours. I had this for another 8 weeks. When I was then released from that, I had to deal with the anxiety of coming off all of the medications that I'd been taking for 6 months. I spun out in a state of detox, and got so depressed for several days, I thought I would go mad!

The point in telling all of this is to emphasize something that I tell people of that time in my life: God brought me Home, but not before He brought me to my knees! This was my wake-up call to change my life and place God and Christ in their proper place. He made a believer out of me in that He is ALWAYS in control and it is not my will, but His. He also made me realize that Jesus is alive and well, and that he had been with me through my entire journey, not just this, but my entire life.
We always refer to our "Living God", and we should know that He lives, Jesus lives, and if you do not believe that he factually lives, then to whom are you praying? 

We know that Jesus left the tomb in which he was placed after his death. We know that he appeared to Mary Magdalene, and to his Disciples. He was seen then being lifted on the clouds, body and soul, to his rightful place, at the right hand of his Father, God.

The prayer on my sidebar specifically states that through our suffering, we are joined more closely with Christ. Our suffering, no matter how difficult WE may think it is, it will never be as much as the pain that Christ endured for all of our sins, past, present and future. If you think about God's plan and what this means, it can become mind-boggling. It is such a tremendous gift and Grace that it is impossible to not know how much Christ endured, and to know that no matter how much we may suffer on this earth, it will never come close to what Christ endured for ALL of us, for sin for all time.

The scourging at the pillar was brutal, and most men would die right there, but not Jesus. His back was torn to shreds by the weaponry lashed upon him. And to add to it, that he managed to carry this enormous, heavy cross to Calvary where he would be crucified.


Imagine having those large nails going through your palms and then your feet. Afterward, being hoisted up on the cross to die. But that was not enough, one man had to stab his long sword into Jesus' side. In his thirst, he was given gall. There was no compassion by the emperor, nor his soldiers who carried out his orders. In fact, they scoff at him and made fun! Even gambling for the clothes that he had on when he was taken into custody.

Me, I cannot fathom the pain that Jesus endured for me, for all of us, for all time. Back in those days, being hung from a cross was how they dealt with thieves and killers. But oh my Jesus, how he suffered.

It is not my intent to lessen the pain that you are in. There are so many who have chronic maladies that will never be cured and they will live with them until the day they are called Home. I feel the pain of many of my friends, and my heart breaks for them, but the only thing I can do is right and just - pray for them.  Do your best, that's all you can do. In your infirmities, remember what Christ endured for you, for your salvation, for all time. I still have problems with my spine. I have scoliosis where my spine is twisting, and I have degenerative disc disease, along with osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia. It's in the gene pool, a fact of which I was not aware until the last few years. There is nothing that I can do except take the advice of my physicians and take the medications which do ease my pain. I'm not that old and I'm a strong-willed woman. I will accept my infirmities with Grace and Dignity. I try to not complain and my husband understands when I go to my bed early, watch a little television while my nighttime meds take effect and I go into slumber. He's very good to me and does all he can to keep me from doing things that might have a negative effect on my maladies.


Instead of complaining in my prayers, I thank God and Jesus for what I am experiencing because I know that no matter what befalls me, it will never be as great as what Jesus endured for me. With that in mind, it certainly humbles me and I thank God for my maladies because of the fact that He does not put anything on me that is as great as He put on to His own Son. Oh how He must have felt, having to put Jesus through that. I am securing my place in Heaven!

But, Jesus was taken body and soul to heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father. From there he will reign forever and will welcome each soul that enters into His Father's Kingdom.

It overwhelms me, actually. I'm just one [what I think is] insignificant human being. But believing, trusting, loving and being patient with God never fails to sooth my pain. I feel pretty good right now, and thanks be to God, technology provides good things to treat the maladies that I have.

When you get depressed about your own maladies, just think of the Passion of Jesus Christ. It will always humble you, if your heart is in the right place. And it will then give you a different outlook on your own maladies, for some it will mean Sainthood one day.

Jesus was born to suffer and die so that all sin for all time can be forgiven. Stay with your faith and love of Jesus and God. Life is but a blip on the radar screen, it is so short compared to eternity. Ready yourself to make claim to the place that Jesus hath prepared just for you!

I will never know anyone on this earth that I will revere and love as much as I love Jesus Christ. He earned his reverence, and I will adhere to it until the day that I die, and then afterward if I am so blessed to make it to heaven.

Lovingly in Jesus Christ,
ABBEY  

Saturday, November 21, 2015

CHRIST THE KING NOVENA - DAY 9

I got a little ahead of myself a couple of days ago on what day it was in the Christ the King Novena. TODAY is actually Day 9, the last day. My apologies to you and to Christ the King!

~*~
Peace be with you!
 
We're almost finished! We have one more prayer to say tomorrow as we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King!

Today, let's pray that God may reign in every area of our lives, especially the areas that we find hardest to let go of control.

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Here are today's prayers: 
Day 9 - The Christ the King Novena


Christ, our Savior and our King, renew in me allegiance to Your Kingship.

I pray for the grace to place You above the powers of this world in all things.
I pray for the grace to obey You before any civic authority.
I pray for the grace to fervently bring about Your Kingdom in my family and community.
I pray that You will reign in my mind.
I pray that You will reign in my heart.
I pray that You will reign in my will.
I pray that You will reign in my body.
I pray that You will reign throughout all the world.
I pray that You will reign in every area of my life.
O Prince of Peace, may Your reign be complete in my life and in the life of the world. Christ, my King, please answer these petitions if they be in accordance with Your Holy Will…
[Mention your intentions here]
As I reflect on Your second, glorious coming and the judgement of all mankind, I beg You to show me mercy and give me the grace to become a great saint. I pray that not only will I spend eternity with You but that You may use me – a sinner – to bring others into Your Kingdom for Your glory.
Christ the King, Your Kingdom come!
Amen.
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POSITIVE THOUGHTS

Positive Thoughts


Posted: 20 Nov 2015 04:45 PM PST
It’s always necessary to accept when some part of your life has reached its inevitable end.  Closing the door, completing the chapter, turning the page, etc. – it doesn’t matter what you title it; what matters is that you find the strength to leave in the past those parts of your life that are over.
It’s all about embracing the truth: What has happened is uncontrollable; what you do now changes everything!
Of course, knowing this and actually living a lifestyle that reinforces this truth are two very different things.  Letting go is NOT easy – it’s a journey that is traveled one day at a time.  If you stick with it, here’s what your journey will ultimately teach you:
  1. The most powerful changes happen in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over everything you don’t.
  2. Most people make themselves unhappy simply by finding it impossible to accept life just as it is presenting itself right now.
  3. If you worry too much about what might be, and wonder too long about what might have been, you will ignore and completely miss what is.
  4. When you are lost in worry, it is easy to mistake your worries for reality, instead of recognizing that they are just thoughts. 
  5. The biggest obstacle to growth you’ll ever have to overcome is your mind.  Once you can overcome that, an overcome anything.



    Written by Marc Chernoff

SPIRITUAL GEMS

Uniting with Mary in Praying

We must unite ourselves to Mary in our conversations with Jesus.  Part of the problem most people have in praying is that they forget to speak to Jesus as their best friend. They think He already knows and does not want to hear all we have to say.  This is simply not true!  By uniting with Mary, and asking her to help you, she will help you to begin and sustain those intimate conversations, which she had.  Mary spent her whole life pondering on the mysteries and on the person of her Son!  As Mother, she wants to give what she has to her children!  She will help us feel and understand what she felt and understood, and our prayer life will take on a whole new dimension.  While we must always be reverent,  the secret to real prayer is intimacy.  Who was more intimate and understanding of Jesus than Mary?  Always call Mary before you begin and use your imagination to see yourself in her Immaculate Heart as you pray.  God is immediately drawn to the daughter of the Father, Mother of the Son and spouse of the Holy Spirit!  Pray with Mary to better pray to the Most Holy Trinity!

Adapted from Father Emil Neubert in "My Ideal: Jesus Son of Mary"

Friday, November 20, 2015

THE PSALMS OF DAVID

This morning, I decided to read the Psalms of David. I did not know what treasure I would find, only that I was led to that section of the Book of Psalms. What I found was scripture after scripture that anyone who reads it will think of current events and surely feel good about loving God, living unde4r the protection of His mighty wings, and the eternal rewards that await us. You see, our lives are not a large as a hand, and in God, they are like a second in length. Live wisely!

In this section of Psalms, David continually expresses his love for our God, and pleas with Him to not linger, but to answer David's prayers, especially when he feels the deep perils that confront him over and over again. Never once does David fail to call upon God, even when he feels that God is not answering him, which could be you, he pledges his allegiance to our Loving God every time, and every time, God saves him.  What more can God do to strengthen David's faith in Him?


David professes that he would understand if God failed to come to his aid if he were an evil man who continuously did evil and dishonest things against the laws of God. But he KNOWS that he has been faithful to God and that God will save him from any peril (although he is briefly doubtful at times).

When we think of "praising God", how would you go about doing that? The Psalm of David is so full of praises, I couldn't possibly put them here in one blog piece. His praises are so profound and worthy that he surely is pleasing in the eyes of God, and therefore, God may allow him to get to the brink of his enemies attacks, but in the end, God always saves him or sends his Angels to save him.

In Psalms 15, we find the answer to who may go and find refuge and shelter in God's [tabernacle].
"Anyone who leads a blameless life and is truly sincere. Anyone who refuses to slander others, does not listen go gossip, never harms his neighbor, speaks out against sin, criticizes those committing it, commends the faithful followers of the Lord, keeps a promise even if it ruins him, does not crush his debtors with high interest rates, and refuses to testify against the innocent despite the bribes offers him -- such a man shall stand firm forever."
In Psalms 18:35-36,
"You have given me your salvation (emphasis added) as my shield. Your right hand, O Lord, supports me; your gentleness has made me great. You have made wide steps beneath my feet so that I need never slip."
In verse after verse after verse, we find David declaring the might and strength, yet the loving kindness and sympathy of our God.  I invite you to Read Psalms 3-50. There is a wealth of God's love included in this part of Psalms.  Even when you are singing hymns at Mass, you ARE PRAISING GOD! The mighty chorus, it makes God so happy! So sing around your house as you do your chores, sing as you drive down the road, just praise Him in any way that you can every day.

God does not forsake his children, and his children's children if you pass down your belief and faith to them, they shall go on forever and will always withstand the test of time. The Psalm of David is miraculous in that it mentions the thunder as being the mighty voice of God come down from the heavens, and the lightning as his spear sent down to crush your enemies. God is to be reverenced, praised and feared. He is our Father, and he will punish the bad just as he rewards the good.

Though people may scoff at you for your faith, turn away and say nothing. Your salvation is secure with God and you need not argue the point with a non-believer or heretic.

If you read the books of Psalms I suggested, you may just find what you need to lift you up and carry you always through any peril that faces you. For you are God's chosen child. He loves and adores you, and he will always care for you. Do not be impatient with God for he had a plan for you before you were even born, and that plan will not alter. Accept His Graces and praise him, even in times of strife and struggle.

God is so Great, and me, I am but a sinner, one on whom he still showers his blessings. I ask His forgiveness and he always forgives. I begin to worry, but then that voice says "I got this!" I do not fear wars or turmoil. But I am never without some kind of sin, that little one that I did without even thinking. I am far and away from the perfect Christian, but I know our God loves me, and he loves all of you. He cast down his hand and created the earth. Then he cast down the other and filled the valleys with water. God created ALL, us included. Be not afraid, God is at the wheel 24/7. "So cheer up! Take courage if you are depending on the Lord God."

Lovingly in Jesus Christ,
ABBEY

CHRIST THE KING NOVENA - DAY 9

Peace be with you!
 
The Feast of Christ the King was created during a time when the world was becoming increasingly nationalistic and secular.

Not too much has changed.

Pope Pius XI responded to the times, and wrote, "While nations insult the beloved name of our Redeemer by suppressing all mention of it in their conferences and parliaments, we must all the more loudly proclaim His kingly dignity and power, (and) all the more universally affirm His rights."

Today, let's pray that God will reign throughout the world.

Here are today's prayers: 
Day 8 - The Christ the King Novena


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Christ, our Savior and our King, renew in me allegiance to Your Kingship.

I pray for the grace to place You above the powers of this world in all things.
I pray for the grace to obey You before any civic authority.
I pray for the grace to fervently bring about Your Kingdom in my family and community.
I pray that You will reign in my mind.
I pray that You will reign in my heart.
I pray that You will reign in my will.
I pray that You will reign in my body.
I pray that You will reign throughout all the world.
O Prince of Peace, may Your reign be complete in my life and in the life of the world. Christ, my King, please answer these petitions if they be in accordance with Your Holy Will…
[Mention your intentions here]
As I reflect on Your second, glorious coming and the judgement of all mankind, I beg You to show me mercy and give me the grace to become a great saint. I pray that not only will I spend eternity with You but that You may use me – a sinner – to bring others into Your Kingdom for Your glory.
Christ the King, Your Kingdom come!
Amen.
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Thursday, November 19, 2015

CHRIST THE KING NOVENA - DAY 8

Peace be with you!
 
Pope Pius XI wrote that our bodies, "should serve as instruments for the interior sanctification of our souls, or to use the words of the Apostle Paul, as instruments of justice unto God."

Today, let's pray that God will reign in our bodies, and that our bodies will glorify Him.

Here are today's prayers: 
Day 7 - The Christ the King Novena


Christ, our Savior and our King, renew in me allegiance to Your Kingship.
I pray for the grace to place You above the powers of this world in all things.
I pray for the grace to obey You before any civic authority.
I pray for the grace to fervently bring about Your Kingdom in my family and community.
I pray that You will reign in my mind.
I pray that You will reign in my heart.
I pray that You will reign in my will.
I pray that You will reign in my body.
O Prince of Peace, may Your reign be complete in my life and in the life of the world. Christ, my King, please answer these petitions if they be in accordance with Your Holy Will…
[Mention your intentions here]
As I reflect on Your second, glorious coming and the judgement of all mankind, I beg You to show me mercy and give me the grace to become a great saint. I pray that not only will I spend eternity with You but that You may use me – a sinner – to bring others into Your Kingdom for Your glory.
Christ the King, Your Kingdom come!
Amen.
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APOSTLE PAUL'S AGONY


The following verses have been referred to as "the greatest verses of the Bible". Penned by the Apostle Paul, he is conflicted between the meaning of sin and of doing good and living a holy life. The comments following each of the verses penned by Paul explain the meaning of his conflicted spirit. I found it quite interesting, as we all picture ourselves as being pure in the eyes of God since we are Christians, but then again, are we?
I believe that we can be, and are, as conflicted as Paul. How do we know that we are sinless? We know what is required, but we find our physical existence sometimes conflicts with our spiritual existence, and the two fight over sin or not to sin.
As you will see in reading Chapter 7, and subsequent commentaries, it all comes down to the temptation of evil over living a sinless life, which is to live in peace.
This becomes more and more difficult as we come to present day. Keeping our faith and God at the forefront of our lives becomes more difficult. There are so many distractions in today's world, MANY! One must truly live in a body that contains a soul and a spirit that loves God and which God love in return. We know we can be forgiven, but we cannot continue to commit the sin without repercussion. Read Paul's anguished dilemma and the subsequent commentary.

Romans 7:15-24 (NIV)
15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.[a] For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.

21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? *

~*~

"THE EPISTLE TO THE ROMANS" Chapter Seven*

OBJECTIVES IN STUDYING THIS CHAPTER

1) To understand the Jewish Christian's relationship to the Law of

   Moses

2) To comprehend the dilemma one faces without Jesus Christ

SUMMARY

Paul has just completed discussing how being baptized into Christ makes us dead to sin and free to present our bodies as instruments of righteousness unto holiness.  For the benefit of his Jewish readers (those who know the Law), he now carries the concept of death and freedom one step further: the Jewish believers become dead to the Law that they might be joined to Christ.  He illustrates his point by referring to the marital relationship.  The result of being freed from the Law is that they might "serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter." (1-6)

Lest his Jewish readers think he is implying that the Law was sinful, Paul is quick to dispel that notion.  The Law, he says, is "holy and just and good."  The problem is that the Law only makes Known that which is sinful, but sin took opportunity by the commandment to produce evil desire and deceived him, resulting in death (7-12).

To further illustrate his point, Paul pictures himself as man under the Law who finds himself in a terrible dilemma.  With his mind he knows that which good and wants to do it.  He also knows that which is evil and wants to avoid that.  But he finds a "law" (or principle) in his flesh which wins over the desire of the mind (13-23).  As a prisoner he cries out for freedom.  Is there no hope?  Yes!  God provides the solution through His Son Jesus Christ, upon which Paul will elaborate in chapter eight (24-25).*

*Source: Bible Gateway


In His Service,
ABBEY

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

WHAT YOU WANT; WHAT GOD WANTS

As I read and prayed today's Novena, it brought the thoughts to my mind. What do you want from God? And what does God want from you?

We turn to God in times of troubles, but also in times of victory, albeit not as hearty as the prayers when we are in need.

We want from God a big, beautiful home full of nice furnishings and designer clothing, we want to rise up in our employment, we want to make more money for "things" tangible on earth. We want that new car, home, boat, etc.

But what does God want from you, and can you give it to him? I believe we all can and should!

God does not care what kind of clothes you are wearing, designer or not; he does not care if you drive a fancy new car or a jalopy; he doesn't care if your house is large, surely he most likely would find himself more comfortable in smaller quarters like the ones of his time.

We are a society who claims to be "religious" and we pull that clue about ourselves out at the most opportune times!  You know, the ones who only attend Mass on Christmas Eve or Easter? That's won't cut the mustard! Being "religious" is believing in the Word of God and your Salvation, and living according to The Word every day.

The one thing that seems constant in bringing one down to the very core of their living and beliefs is negativity, in thoughts and in deeds. They may be about you or you may be the one casting stones! Those thoughts are sewn into the roots of the mind. Thought of lust, anger, greed, attachment to earthly things, ego a nd so forth.

My friends, you cannot take that nice little car to heaven with you; nor, will you be allowed to take your home to Heaven  for the Father has already prepared a beautiful place for you, much more beautiful, I would imagine, than the one you live in today. Christ does not want your money or casual acquaintance with him. The Father and the Son want you to find the ultimate happiness in living your life for them. They want your constant and unwavering love and obedience. The life of a Christian is so much better than those who do not know him. I've lived both sides and I can assure you that a live lived loving God the Father and Christ, the Son, is FULL of rewards, every day of your life.

Always love yourself and what you have become. You are where you are, and you should love yourself for turning away from greed and turning to a much greater fulfillment in life with God and Christ at the top over all the world.  Let your light shine for all to see and then see how many followers you may obtain for Christ. Or better yet, not even knowing how many you have touched, but havi confidence in yourself that you have sung the praises of Jesus Christ and Almighty God as you should have. You eternal reward is a life of total BLISS!

Don't let others who believe negatively bring you down with them. Stand tall and firm in your faith!

We can ponder that word, bliss, and we can think of a whole lot of possessions, material and tangible, but can you think of what you REALLY want at the end of your life? It's quite difficult for you don't know when Jesus will come for you. He might come for a young person today and and old person who is ready to go "home" tomorrow, or vice versa. The point is, and I cannot urge you enough to be ready every moment of your life so if you had to face God that very minute, when he asks you questions from your book of life, will you be able to explain yourself succinctly, all by yourself, wih no help from anywhere?  I feel that I am ready, but I am still a sinner and so imperfect.


Pray every day that you will live a life for Christ and that you will hang on tightly to your Salvation. It is all you have that is worth anything in this world. Amen.

LOVINGLY IN JESUS CHRIST,
ABBEY

CHRIST THE KING NOVENA - DAY 6

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Today, let's pray that God will reign in our will -- that our will may be aligned with His will.

Here are today's prayers: 

Christ, our Savior and our King, renew in me allegiance to Your Kingship.

I pray for the grace to place You above the powers of this world in all things.
I pray for the grace to obey You before any civic authority.
I pray for the grace to fervently bring about Your Kingdom in my family and community.
I pray that You will reign in my mind.
I pray that You will reign in my heart.
I pray that You will reign in my will.
O Prince of Peace, may Your reign be complete in my life and in the life of the world. Christ, my King, please answer these petitions if they be in accordance with Your Holy Will…
[Mention your intentions here]
As I reflect on Your second, glorious coming and the judgement of all mankind, I beg You to show me mercy and give me the grace to become a great saint. I pray that not only will I spend eternity with You but that You may use me – a sinner – to bring others into Your Kingdom for Your glory.
Christ the King, Your Kingdom come!
Amen.
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